3 good articles: bipartisan work edition

Screen Shot 2018-01-24 at Jan 24, 2018 4.31.41 PM1. It’s unusual for Hatch Magazine’s twitter account to tweet anything positive about a Republican, so I did a double take when I saw Hatch Magazine retweeted praise for Alaska’s Senator Dan Sullivan (R). The praise came from Rhode Island’s Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D), who worked with Sullivan to pass the Save Our Sees Act out of the Senate. Check out Hatch Magazines take on the bipartisan work done on the Save Our Seas Act in this December 22 post.
(Full disclosure: My spouse works for Senator Dan Sullivan)  Continue reading “3 good articles: bipartisan work edition”


FisheWear purchases Women’s Flyfishing, Pudge retires

Last week our friends at FisheWear® announced that the Anchorage based company acquired Women’s Flyfishing™ from Pudge Kleinkauf. Pudge is retiring after more than 30 years in the fly fishing industry.

If you live in the Valley and drive the Glenn Highway outside of Palmer, you’ve probably seen Pudge teaching groups of students how to fly fish from a float tube near the bridge between Kepler and Bradley Lakes. Maybe you ran into her on Montana Creek introducing new anglers to fly fishing on moving water. You may have even spoke with  her at the author’s booth or attended one of her many presentations at the Mat-Su Outdoorsman Show.

While Pudge may not be guiding anymore, we’re glad to hear she’ll continue contributing to the sport through her writing.

Here’s Pudge sharing how she started in the sport and why she loves it so much.  Continue reading “FisheWear purchases Women’s Flyfishing, Pudge retires”

ADF&G Accepting Comments on 2018 Stocking Plan, Including Kings in Willow Creek


The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is accepting public comment from January 1-January 30, 2018 on its 2018 Statewide Stocking Plan for Sport Fisheries.

Increased fishing pressure on Susitna River tributaries led ADF&G to begin stocking king salmon in Deception Creek, a Willow Creek tributary, in 1983 as a supplement to Willow’s wild run of kings. The first significant return of stockers showed up in 1988.  Continue reading “ADF&G Accepting Comments on 2018 Stocking Plan, Including Kings in Willow Creek”

Learn two-hand fishing tactics for the Susitna drainage at upcoming TU Chapter Meeting in Wasilla

Susitna drainage rainbow trout .

You’re invited to join the Southcentral AK Trout Unlimited Chapter for thier December meeting on Thursday, December 21 at Bearpaw River Brewing Company. Wasilla resident and Bear Trail Lodge guide Josh Scott will speak on fishing the Susitna River drainage with two-hand rods. There will also be a rod giveaway courtesy of 3 Rivers Fly and Tackle.  Continue reading “Learn two-hand fishing tactics for the Susitna drainage at upcoming TU Chapter Meeting in Wasilla”

IF4™ 2018 Releases First Trailer

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The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4™) began releasing trailers for the 2018 show earlier this week, beginning with Confluentus: The Merging of All Things by Gilbert Rowley of Capture Adventure Media. As the host of IF4™ Palmer and Anchorage, trailer debuts get me excited for the upcoming shows even if they are nine months away. Continue reading “IF4™ 2018 Releases First Trailer”

Trout Fishing Excursion

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Last weekend the City of Wasilla held its annual Christmas tree lighting at the Dorthy G Page Museum in downtown Wasilla. This was my first time attending the event and my first time at the museum. While the main event was outside, we headed inside the museum to get out of the wind and warm up.

My wife pulled me away from the model of Indepence Mine to show me a picture of a party posing in front of the Wasilla Depot with the words Trout Fishing Excursion at Wasilla, Alaska written on it. She knew I’d find it interesting.   Continue reading “Trout Fishing Excursion”

The Orvis “20 Days in September” Challenge – Part 3

An early fall leopard rainbow from the Susitna Drainage.

Last month, Orvis challenged anglers to log 20 days on the water during the month of September. They didn’t have to be full days, just a legitimate attempt at catching fish. Anglers were asked to take a picture from each outing and post it to the Orvis Facebook page with the hashtag #OrvisFlyFishing and #20inSep.

I last wrote about my progress about half way through September, at which point I had logged just six days on the water. I knew I had to put in significant effort if I were to even come close to twenty days on the water. So here is how the second half of September went.  Continue reading “The Orvis “20 Days in September” Challenge – Part 3”

3 Things Mat-Su Anglers Should Add to their Calendar

Salmon remains on the banks of the Talkeetna River. Photo: Ben Rowell

October 5 – North Pacific Fishery Management Council

From the Mat-Su Borough:

Federal Management of Cook Inlet Salmon?

An important meeting for fisheries STARTS on Monday at the Hilton in Anchorage.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council manages the salmon fisheries in the US Exclusive Economic Zone, 3 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles off shore from Alaska.

In response to a 9th Circuit Court ruling, the Council is considering how to revise the Fishery Management Plan for 3 areas, including Cook Inlet.

The implication: fisheries management for Cook Inlet could return to what it was before statehood—federal management. This could cause profound changes in management for all types of users in Cook Inlet including, set netters, sports fishers, subsistence users, dip netters, guides, etc.  Continue reading “3 Things Mat-Su Anglers Should Add to their Calendar”

International Fly Fishing Film Festival Lands in Palmer on Friday

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Giant tarpon are what the boys are after in The Jungles Edge, IF4™ 2017

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4™) returns to Palmer’s Glenn Massay Theater on the Mat-Su College campus this week, fresh off a sold out show in Anchorage.

IF4™ films showcase the passion, lifestyle, and culture of fly fishing, but Friday’s show isn’t just for fly fishers. All anglers, no matter the preferred gear choice, will enjoy the unique stories, stunning landscapes, and incredible fish that make these films standout during this golden era of fishing flicks.

Tickets for Friday’s show are available at Mossy’s Fly Shop and online at flyfilmfest.com until Thursday night for $15. Tickets will also be available at the door for $18.  Continue reading “International Fly Fishing Film Festival Lands in Palmer on Friday”

International Fly Fishing Film Festival Returns to Palmer & Anchorage in September

if4-2017-poster-master-noeventinfospace-bleedsThe International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4™) returns to Palmer and Anchorage this month.

What is IF4™?

IF4™ consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing.

Friday, September 22, 7:30pm
49th State Brewing Company
Happy Hour, hosted by Trout Unlimited, begins at 5:30pm

Friday, September 29, 7:30pm
Glenn Massay Theater

$15 purchased in advance at Mossy’s Fly Shop and flyfilmfest.com
$18 at the door (if available)

IF4’s local sponsors include FisheWear, Cache Campers, Mossy’s Fly Shop, and Southcentral Alaska Chapter of Trout Unlimited.